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Acne Treatment: Medicine

Conventional treatment for acne consists primarily of oral or topical antibiotics, cleansing agents, and chemically modified versions of vitamin A.

Standard treatments for acne include topical retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, antibiotics, oral isotretinoin, and oral birth control. Some new allopathic treatments are being developed. There is concern of increasing antibiotic resistance to the standard treatments of tetracycline’s, trimethoprim, and macrolide antibiotics; new antibiotics such as lymecycline, azithromycin, and new tetracycline formulations have been developed to combat this resistance. Insulin sensitizing agents such as metformin have been developed to combat hypoandrogenism, a common factor of polycystic ovary syndrome. Zinc gluconate has been proposed as an alternative treatment for inflammatory acne, especially in pregnant women. New topical treatments such as clindamycin/zinc, picolinic acid gel, and dapsone gel have been added to the topical arsenal. Photodynamic therapies using a topical cream of with aminolaevulinic acid or methyl aminolaevulinate then employing lasers, red light, or blue light have been tested for inflammatory acne.1

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Effect of Vitamin B3 on Acne

Niacinamide gel might help treat acne by addressing the infection and inflammation associated with the condition.

Read more about Acne and Niacinamide Gel.


  1. Katsambas, A., & Dessinioti, C. (2008). New and emerging treatments in dermatology: acne. Dermatologic Therapy, 21, 86-95.

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Posted 12 years ago

I had acne when I was a teenager and I went on Acutane. I know it's a really dangerous drug and has a lot of scary side effects, but it totally cleared my skin up and I had completely clear skin for a few years! My acne has come back a little, but not nearly as badly as it used to be. I'm so thankful for Acutane, because my pimples made me really depressed. Once I had clear skin, I was so much more confident and an overall more pleasant person.

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spechner 12 years ago

How long were you on the Acutane for? Glad to hear it was helpful for your skin, and overall well-being! Thanks for sharing with us!

Posted 11 years ago

it is very good for acne i really impress also i try this thanks for wonderful sharing

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